London Transport Museum’s Depot Unlocked

Come along to the open days this September and enjoy a fun day with activities for all the family (Ad)

London Transport Museum’s Depot has been open to the public since 1999, but very few people know the full history about how the Depot, which houses more than 320,000 objects from the Museum’s collection, came into existence. As part of London Transport Museum’s final Depot Open Days for 2022, visitors can hear from a range of Museum historians and curators, transport experts and volunteers about what it takes to keep a collection store of this size running smoothly.  

The ‘Depot Unlocked’ Open Days are taking place on Thursday 22 September to Sunday 25 September at London Transport Museum Depot in Acton Town, west London.

Across the Open Days, visitors can hear from members of London Transport Museum’s curatorial team who will lift the lid on the work they do to care for the huge range of collection objects, from London’s first red Routemaster bus to historic maps and signs, and even a futuristic prototype Tube train from 1986.  

Special family activities include a soft play and reading corner, as well as getting to play on a huge Brio train set! On Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September, kids can have a go at making their own train out of junk to add to an interactive street scene, and put their detective skills to the test as they and try to crack various puzzles and codes to unlock the various secrets hidden around the Depot.

The perennially popular London Transport Miniature Railway will be picking up passengers over the course of the weekend, so make sure to buy your ticket on the day and go for a ride.

The programme of events, talks and activities varies across the four days, so please check the London Transport Museum website for the latest programme.

The Depot shop will also be open offering exclusive gifts and souvenirs, from moquette pattern socks, scarves and cushions, to framed posters, limited-edition prints and authentic Underground signs. Refreshments will be available from Mini Bean Coffee.   

Timed tickets to visit the London Transport Museum Depot must be booked in advance online. Adult tickets cost £15 and tickets for children cost £7.50. Kids aged 3 and under go free. Concession rates are also available. 

To book visit:  

August 17, 2022

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London Transport Museum Depot
118-120 Gunnersbury Lane
Acton Town
W3 9BQ